Friday, June 22, 2012

Homemade Burger Buns

My play opens TONIGHT. I am equal parts nervous and excited :) Anyone in the Western Mass area who is interested in attending Ja'Duke's The Foreigner email me for details! I'm playing the part of Catherine, and though it's a comedy she's a pretty complex character. I'm having a lot of fun with her, she's probably one of my favorite roles I've ever played. I'm going to be very sad when the play is over. It's always a little sad, because you'll never be in the same exact play with the same exact people playing the same exact parts ever again. I hope we all stay in touch, and that I see some of them the next time there's a show!
In rehearsals, I will have better pictures in full costume soon!

Thankfully, I have a few posts saved so that I don't have to go on another mini-hiatus due to lack of time to cook. Theater is fun, but time-consuming, so often my blog posts suffer when I'm in a performance. But this time I planned ahead! 

These buns were made for these burgers:

Remember them? Yeah, they were fantastic, and made the fantastic burger that much more special. I love making things from scratch that you'd generally buy processed and wrapped in plastic--don't you? We didn't have sesame seeds so we topped them with poppy seeds instead. I don't think it added much flavor, but it made them look kind of cool!

40 Minute Hamburger Buns
(From Taste of Home, adapted only slightly)
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • seeds--sesame, poppy, any you'd like to top your burger with

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough (we did this part in a food processor).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Whisk egg and brush lightly on buns, top with a sprinkle of seeds. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. 


  1. Break a leg, chica! And have fun! These buns look fabulous! Perfect for a summer bbq.

  2. You recipe is so short that make me believe it's easy to make! I would love to make homemade burger buns for this BBQ season!

  3. I love homemade bread. Nothing like it to make your house smell warm and inviting :) Your burger buns look great!

  4. I may just have to get over my fear of bread cooking and make these, they look fab!